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Overview

Introduction to McLean, Virginia

McLean, Virginia, in Fairfax county, is 5 miles SW of Bethesda, Maryland (center to center) and 9 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia. The town is considered part of the Washington metropolitan area.

McLean History

McLean is a census-designated area in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia. The area was named after former publisher and owner of The Washington Post, John Roll McLean. He, along with the bankroll of French aristocrat Jean-Pierre Guenard and Stephen Benton Elkins, built the electrified Great Falls and Old Dominion Railway in 1906. The community was founded in the year 1910, at the time of the merging of the Lewinsville and Langley communities. The town of McLean is the home of the CIA's headquarters, which were set up in 1961.

McLean and nearby Attractions

  • Arlington House
  • Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Station
  • Garfield Memorial Church
  • Little Pimmit Run
  • Great Falls Park
  • Fort Marcy Park

Things To Do In McLean

From McLean one can visit Arlington House, Cherry Hill Farmhouse, Clara Barton House, and Falls Church. The Claude Moore Colonial Farm and the Discovery Creek Children's Museum are also within a radius of ten miles of the town. The local churches have some beautiful architectural features that are reminiscent of the bygone era. There are also a number of stunning streams and creeks including Little Pimmit Run, Scott Run, Dead Run, Bryan Branch, and Turkey Run. Langley Shopping Center, Chesterbrook Shopping Center, and McLean Shopping Center are a shopper’s paradise. In addition, the town hosts the 18th Century Market Fair, Fall Russian-Slavic Cultural Festival, and McLean Day celebrations every year.

McLean Transportation

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is close by.

McLean Higher Education

Keller Graduate School of Management, Inc. is the local institute of higher education. Other institutes nearby include Marymount University, American University, and Northern Virginia Community College.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Mclean Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles SW of Bethesda, Maryland (center to center)
Nearest Large City 9 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia
County Fairfax
Standard Zip Codes 22101, 22102
P.O. Box Zip Codes 22103, 22106
Company Zip Codes 22107, 22108, 22109
Phone Area Codes 703
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.934
Longitude -77.177

Mclean Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station DALECARLIA RESERVOIR
Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 44 F
Apr Temp 42 to 69 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Station WASHINGTON REAGAN NTL AP
Distance 9.1 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 43 F
Apr Temp 46 to 66 F
Jul Temp 70 to 88 F
Oct Temp 50 to 68 F
Annual Precip 39.3 inches
Station NATIONAL ARBORETUM DC
Distance 10.7 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 43 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 43.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Mclean, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Central McLean Detached Unit (22106)

Maclean (22101, 22102, 22103)

West McLean (22102, 22103)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Annandale 42,893 $86,810
Arlington 223,945 $140,838
Fairfax 23,402 $124,547
Falls Church 13,308 $165,430
Reston 60,112 $131,264
Vienna 16,341 $152,668

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Mclean High Schools

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LANGLEY HIGH
6520 GEORGETOWN PIKE
703-287-2700
Serves 1,954 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

MCLEAN HIGH
1633 DAVIDSON RD
703-714-5700
Serves 1,671 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

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